John Rempel

 John Rempel
Address3003 Benham Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46517

John Rempel, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

B.A., University of Waterloo, 1966
M.Div., Mennonite Biblical Theological Seminary, 1971
Th.D., University of Toronto, 1987

Through his work as a chaplain, as a pastor and with Mennonite Central Committee’s advocacy with the United Nations, John Rempel has been on the frontier of the church. As a professor of theology and church history at AMBS, he brings his learnings from those contexts to the scrutiny and enrichment of his students. From 1991 until he joined the AMBS faculty in 2003, John served as MCC liaison to the United Nations in New York City. He was pastor of Manhattan (N.Y.) Mennonite Fellowship from 1989 to 2000, and was ordained in Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada in 1982. John served on the worship committee for Hymnal: A Worship Book and as editor of the Minister’s Manual used in Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.

“Historical theology is the field of scholarship that studies what the church believed in past eras and why it held those beliefs. Teaching historical theology involves experiencing the communion of saints. By that I mean that I accompany students into the past, especially into the origins of Anabaptism, to meet Christian thinkers —both those we agree and disagree with—and re-enter their passion for the gospel. But that is only half of the adventure. The other part is to make judgments about where the past still speaks the gospel to us and where we have to go back to the Bible to find our own life-giving word.”

Areas of Interest

Historical Theology;

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